2017 Annual Preservation Awards - Celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary

Nomination forms for Heritage Winnipeg's 32nd Annual Preservation Awards are now available for to submit. Instructions and eligibility criteria can be found on the forms below:

Conservation Nomination Form 2017


Distinguished Service Nomination Form 2017

Youth Nomination Form 2017

Please note: The PDF forms can be filled in directly but need to be downloaded and saved to the computer first.

 

2017 Heritage Winnipeg Preservation Awards

Since 1985, Heritage Winnipeg has sponsored an annual awards program that seeks to recognize those people dedicated to the protection, restoration and conservation of Winnipeg's built heritage. Awards are also given to owners of heritage structures who seek to sensitively restore their buildings so that they become a productive element of the economical, cultural and social fabric of the community.

Awards are presented in three basic categories:

  1. Distinguished Service Award

    This award recognizes the special contribution of individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a concerted effort and leadership in protecting, conserving, promoting or communicating the historic and/or architectural values of Winnipeg's built heritage.

  2. Heritage Conservation Award

    This award recognizes the special efforts and excellence in specific projects to protect, conserve and reuse structures of high historic or architectural value. Heritage Conservation Awards may be given specifically for commercial, institutional or residential projects that involve the sensitive and adaptive re-use of these structures and provide for their long-term protection.

    Heritage Conservation Awards may be given to the owners of commercial, institutional or residential structures with historical and/or architectural value and who provide long-term protection and conservation of key architectural elements for these structure and their sensitive adaptive use. Special recognition may also be given to consultants and contractors of the project selected for an award.

    In the case of a successful residential project, a special award will be given in the honour of C.W. Chivers, a well-known Winnipeg architect who designed buildings such as All Saint's Church, Balmoral Hall and the Assiniboine Park Pavilion.

  3. Youth Category

    This award recognizes the special contribution of non-professionals under the age of 30.

    Nominations may be made in more than one category. If possible, please enclose photographs or email digitized photos.

Questions relative to the requirements for a nomination and/or completed submissions may be directed to Ms. Cindy Tugwell, Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director, by phone 204.942-2663, fax 204.942-2094 or e-mail at cindy@heritagewinnipeg.com. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

All nominators will be notified and wiinners will receive a framed certificate recognizing their effort at a ceremony to be held on National Heritage Day/Louis Riel Day on Monday, February 20, 2017.  Location to be announced.



Rail Days 2017 - Admission by donation

Join Heritage Winnipeg for RAIL DAYS 2017 on Saturday, September 16 & 17, 2017 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Winnipeg Railway Museum in Winnipeg's historic former Union Station, now VIA Rail Canada, Winnipeg station at 123 Main Street.

Located on tracks 1 & 2 on the second floor of the Railway Museum is a FREE and unique event held over two days. Heritage Winnipeg will have a exhibit table with Streetcar 356 information and memorboilia and we will also be showing the original wooden Streetcar 356 to visitors. Our rehabilitation project of Car 356 is expected to be completed in 2019 for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 1919 General Strike.  Come meet some members of the Streetcar 356 committee at the Heritage Winnipeg table, and get a tour of Streetcar 356. Times limited.



The Book "The Streetcars of Winnipeg - Our Forgotten Heritage"
Out of Sight - Out of Mind by author Brian K. Darragh


On the 19th of September, 2017 it will be 62 years since the last streetcar made its final run through Winnipeg’s well known Portage and Main. Author Brian Darragh operated the streetcars for the final 17 months of existence here, April 1954 to September 1955.  He was the third youngest streetcar operator at that time. Brian will be turning 89 years old in November so the remaining half dozen operators will be in their mid nineties now. He tried to capture the experience that the 73 years of streetcar service provided to Winnipeg and the surrounding towns. From the start of the horse cars in 1882 where the drivers were paid 12 cents an hour, to the beginning of electric streetcars in January 1891, this book describes with the aid of numerous pictures the essence of the transportation experience of those times. The streetcars ran for approximately 35 years before the first four buses came in 1918. In that time the streetcars supported the growth of the city to 150,000 people by 1912, becoming the third largest city in Canada. Writing this book for Brian has brought back many fond memories of those days. Stop by the museum and say hello to Brian, and purchase his book for yourself or as a gift.



In addition if you would like to help support this Heritage Winnipeg project, make a minimum donation of $20 toward the Streetcar 356 rehabilitation and receive a complimentary DVD of BACKTRACKS, The Story of Winnipeg's Streetcars, including bonus historic pictures.



 

Closing the Doors on the 14th Annual Doors Open Winnipeg Event

It was a time to celebrate at the 2017 Doors Open Winnipeg Volunteer Reception and People's Choice Awards at the King's Head Pub in the Exchange. Heritage Winnipeg hosted the event, thanking the dedicated volunteers in attendance who helped to make Doors Open Winnipeg a successful event. Over 500 volunteers helped make this year's event the biggest, most successful event to date. It was also the seventh year in which the People's Choice Awards were held.

The People's Choice Awards represent five categories, Best Restoration, Best Guided Tour or Programming, Best Architecture, Best Experience and the Hidden Gem. Online voting was open to the public, showcasing 91 amazing buildings and walking tours. Hundreds of votes poured in the week following Doors Open Winnipeg, making for a close race in several of the categories. In the end, the votes were tallied and the winners were rewarded for their efforts with framed original drawings of their buildings by local artist Robert Sweeney.

BEST RESTORATION - DALNAVERT MUSEUM




BEST ARCHITECTURE - THE CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HUMAN RIGHTS



BEST OVERALL EXPERIENCE - THE WHITE HOUSE


BEST TOUR OR PROGRAMMING OR TOUR - THE VAUGHAN STREET JAIL


THE 'HIDDEN' GEM - MCBETH HOUSE



Please visit the Heritage Winnipeg blog for a short biography on each of this years winners.

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Presents: Music at the Millennium, FREE Summer Concert Series

Join us on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, and every Tuesday thereafter until August 15 for Music at the Millennium, free summer concert series, that brings world-class musicians from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra out to perform, free of charge, in the former banking hall (Celebration Hall), at the historic Millennium Centre (the former Canadian Bank of Commerce) located at 389 Main Street, between Lombard and McDermot on the East side of Main Street.

Sandwiches and drinks will be available for purchase by WOW Hospitality Concepts, and donations to the Millennium Centre, (a charitable, non-profit organization), will be gratefully accepted. 

When: Every Tuesday from June 13th, 2017 to August 15th, 2017 between 12 pm & 1 pm.
Doors Open at 11:30 am and the Concert starts at promptly at noon. 

Thank you to TELPAY for sponsorsing this event. TELPAY
Also to WOW Hospitality, tenants and exclusive caters at the Millennium Centre, AND themillenniumcentre for their gracious contributions. 



 

Where: The Millennium Centre, 389 Main Street (east side of Main Street between Lombard and McDermot)



Thank you to everyone who came out to Doors Open Winnipeg 2017!


Despite some....inclement weather, thousands of Winnipegger's managed to make it out to the 14th annual Doors Open Winnipeg weekend!

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank everyone who braved the wind and rain to visit one or more of the 91 buildings, events and tours that participated in this years event. If early numbers are any indication, this was our most successful Doors Open yet!

We would also like to thank the more than 500 volunteers who helped to keep this years event running smoothly. Without the help of our volunteers, it would be impossible for Doors Open Winnipeg to stay a free and fun event.

To check out some fantastic photos from this weekend, be sure to follow Heritage Winnipeg on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

https://www.facebook.com/HeritageWinnipeg/?fref=nf
https://www.instagram.com/heritagewpg/
https://twitter.com/HeritageWPG

And don't forget to vote for your favourites in the Doors Open Winnipeg People's Choice Awards at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9VBXBLS. Voting closes Friday, June 2nd 2017.

 

Once again, thank you to everyone who took part in Doors Open Winnipeg 2017. Make sure to mark your calendars for the last weekend of May in 2018. We can't wait to see you back!



Doors Open Winnipeg 2017 - FREE EVENT

Heritage Winnipeg presents Doors Open Winnipeg 2017 - May 27 & 28, 2017 held on the last weekend of May each year. This FREE public event celebrates Winnipeg’s unique spaces, architecture, and history, showcasing more than 85 remarkable buildings, sites and tours.

Doors Open Winnipeg offers the public a unique opportunity to explore buildings and go on tours that may not be accessible at any other time of the year. Since the first event in 2004, Doors Open Winnipeg has attracted more than 300,000 site visits, putting our incredible architecture, history, arts and culture on display. The 2016 event was one of our most successful years yet, with over 28,000 site visits over the weekend.

This year we're excited to many new participants such as the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Gordon King Memorial Church, McGregor Street Armoury, The White House, Robinson Building (Public Press Building), St. George's Anglican Church and Minto Armoury who will be opening their doors for the first time this year.

Doors Open favourites like the Dalnavert Museum and Vaughan Street Jail, along with 85 unique buildings and tours, are back for another year. You can check out the full list of featured buildings here.

So start planning your weekend now!  This is a wonderful FREE COMMUNITY EVENT that gives everyone the chance to explore our beautiful and truly unique city. 

When: May 27th, 2017 & May 28, 2017 - times for all the locations if different so please check the website to confirm availability.
Saturday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Doors Open Winnipeg Website

Certain tours require that you register before the start of the event. You can contact the Heritage Winnipeg offices at (204) 942-2663 or by email at info@heritagewinnipeg.com to book your space. 
 



Celebrating Manitoba Day at the MANITOBA MUSEUM

CELEBRATING MANITOBA DAY AT THE MANITOBA MUSEUM - Saturday, May 6, 2017

Over 8,300 people enjoyed a free day at the Manitoba Museum in celebration of Manitoba's 137th birthday!  Heritage Winnipeg, along with many other non-profit organizatons had a special exhibit showcasing our wonderful heritage and culture.

MP for St. Norbert Jon Reyes shows off his bison socks with Executive Director of the Manitoba Museum, Claudette LeClerc.

Also on display: cake! Participants were invited to vote for their favourite Manitoba themed dessert in the "caketoba" cake contest. Can you tell that we have a bit of a sweet tooth?








The 2017 Red River Heritage Fair welcomed students from across the city who came together to share stories from Canada's 150th and beyond on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the  This year, Heritage Winnipeg awarded students from Dufferin Christian and Elmwood High the Heritage Winnipeg award for their informative presentations on the history of the Selkirk Settlers and Winnipeg's eclectic collection of murals.

You can check out more photos from this fabulous event by visiting the Canstar Community Page

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank the Red River Heritage Fair, University of Winnipeg, Manitoba Museum and all of the students who made this year's fair such a huge success.

The 32nd Annual Heritage Preservation Awards

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank everyone who attended our 32nd Annual Heritage Preservation Awards, which were held in Celebration Hall at the Millennium Centre (former Bank of Commerce) at 389 Main Street.  Heritage Winnipeg was proud to celebrate National Heritage Day, Louis Riel Day and Canada's 150th anniversary on Monday, February 20, 2017 as part of our event.

A special thank you to the caters, WOW Hospitality Concepts for helping to make our event a success!
For information about booking events at the Millennium Centre check out their website at WOW Hospitality Concepts Inc.

This year, we honoured two outstanding companies that have contributed to the economic, cultural, and social fabric of the City of Winnipeg.

The Conservation Commercial Award was given to the owners Trotzdem Inc., and the general contractors Oakhaven Properties, for their sensitive and innovative rehabilitation of the Dawson building, located at 171 McDermot Avenue.  This Award recognizes the special efforts in specific projects which protect, conserve and reuse structures of high historic or architectural value. Heritage Winnipeg applauds them for their attention to detail, and for taking every impediment as a design challenge. 


Main Floor of the Dawson building at 171 McDermot - FORTH is a great place for delicious coffee and food.  You can check out their website at FORTH.

Forth Art Gallery on the lower level

Roasting machine on the main floor in Forth Cafe

Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director Cindy Tugwell with
Norman Nikkel, owner of 171 McDermot Avenue.


General Contractor, Paul Nikkel accepting the award on
behalf of Oakhaven Properties.


The Distinguished Service Award
was presented to Leon A Brown Ltd, for the family's dedication and commitment to the heritage community in the City of Winnipeg for 90 years. This award recognizes the special contribution of individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a concerted effort and leadership in protecting, conserving, promoting or communicating the historic and/or architectural values of Winnipeg's built heritage. Their contributions, through heritage building ownership, have contributed immensely to the architectural, cultural and economic development of Winnipeg's downtown and the historic Exchange District. 

Check out the company's website at Leon A. Brown Ltd. for a list of the many heritage buildings owned by the company.
 
Bobby Brown and Heritage Winnipeg Director Cindy Tugwell
Family member Bob Brown accepting the Distinguished Service Award

Heritage Winnipeg would also like to gratefully acknowledge and thank The Manitoba Living History Society for helping celebrate Canada 150 in their 1867 costumes.
The Manitoba Living History Society.






Musician, Joshua Ranville performed three songs on his guitar special
for this event, THANK YOU!  Check out his information at -
Joshua Ranville



Greg Agnew, Heritage Winnipeg Board Member, gave a presentation in celebration of Canada 150

The Millennium Centre (former Bank of Commerce) - Interior shots





Front foyer

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Frontlines: Exhibit A - Investigating the Public Safety Building & Lands

Thank you to everyone who came out to listen to the presentations and panel discussion regarding this important initiative.  Special thanks to Storefront Manitoba and CentreVenture Development Corporation for faciliating this event.
This was session 1 of 3  of the Storefront Manitoba Frontlines series.  Heritage Winnipeg participated in the panel discussion to investigate future options for the Public Safety Building and Market Lands. For further details visit:

Storefront Manitoba

CentreVenture Development Corporation




Celebrating our heritage on February 20th



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